Denimation 201: Selvedge [sel-vij]
This is lesson one in a class about the wonderful world of denim. The class on what denim actually is was covered in Denimation 101…but that was the basics. As Urban Graduates you are now specializing in the fashion field so there is no need to backtrack. Lesson 1: You say selvage…I say SELVEDGE.
Selvedge, or “self-edge” denim has always been hot but pricey because of its high quality. Selvedge denim is made on old-style shuttle looms that produces a narrower fabric than the newer and more commonly used projectile loom. This produces a more tightly weaved denim that lasts longer. In Selvedge denim, you can see the actual edge in the outseam where the weaving has stopped (as opposed to projectile looms where the fabric has been cut off at the ends resulting in lighter and less durable jeans). The selvedge edge is usually stitched with a colored thread…red being the most common. In the past, to acquire a pair of selvedge jeans you would have to buy some vintage jeans or go to Japan. Prices for a pair of premium selvedge jeans usually range somewhere from 200-300 U.S. dollars. But now, thanks to Uniqlo (they’re the “Japanese H&M”) you can acquire a pair of premium selvedge jeans for around eighty bucks. Unsure if the jeans are selvedge…cuff em and look for the signature selvedge edges located along the outseam of the jeans!